CUMT library is a time-honored university library, with mining documents as the featured collection, and science and engineering documents as its major collection. It also boasts of a grand collection of documents on disciplines of literature, management, economics, and law. It is a member of the libraries in China Academic Library and Information System （CALIS）, the document and information center of North Jiangsu Province in Jiangsu Academic Library and Information System （JALIS） , the only sci-tech novelty retrieval workstation of China Ministry of Education in North Jiangsu Province, and the only agent of sci-tech novelty retrieval for Coal Information Research Institute.
The Library of CUMT grew out of Library of Jiaozuo School of Railroad and Mines, which was established in 1909. In 1951, the library was renamed Library of China Institute of Mining and Technology (CIMT). In 1952, with a national readjustment of higher education institutions, the mining engineering departments of Tsinghua University, Peiyang University and Tangshan Railroad Universities were merged into CIMT, whose documents on mining engineering were also moved along. Ever since the establishment of this library, it was moved along with the university from Jiaozuo, Tianjin, Beijing, Sichuan, and was finally settled in Xuzhou in June of 1978, and renamed as Library of CUMT in April of 1988.
Library of CUMT includes two branches, namely Library of Nanhu Campus and Library of Wenchang Campus, with a total area of about 60,000 ㎡，over 5,000 seats for reading. By the end of 2013, the library owns 1.9 million paper books, 2.11 million E-books, 2, 858 kinds of paper journals, 310 kinds of newspapers and more than 80 Chinese and foreign databases.
Library of CUMT implements an integrated comprehensive service mode of borrowing, reading and collecting，and brings in the library the self-service circulation system, providing readers with a convenient, fast, free and comfortable environment. It has also developed a personalized integrating web portal, including personal libraries, web-based teaching platforms, and library orientation education for freshmen, as well as mobile libraries, which greatly enrichies the university’s undergraduate education capability. In addition, the library hosts Reading Festival, Good Books Recommendation, Civilized Reading and many other activities for students’ humanity education.
Over a hundred years of development, the library of CUMT has formed a distinctive feature of mining. It has a complete collection of documents on mining discipline, not only including authoritative works, but also plenty of academic journals listed in CSSCI. More than 20 types of academic journals on mining and related disciplines have been continuously collected over 60 years, and some over 100 years, among which, Transaction of the American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers was collected from its first issue in 1871, and Engineering and Mining Journal was collected from 1878. The library has built up a complete and systematic information safeguarding framework.
In recent years, CUMT library has intergraded information resources with universities and institutes of the same kind, conducted a digital development for mining engineering documents, and developed such specialized databases as Digital Library of Mining Engineering, Mining Engineering Database, and Low Carbon and New Energy Database.